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Making The Most Of Motors And Drives

by Jack Browne, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 04/07/2008

Electric motors and drives improve year after year more as an evolutionary process than by revolutionary developments. Since these smaller motors and drives are integrated into robotics systems, they are helping to bring new levels of efficiency and productivity to more compact robotic solutions. Sorting through the choices in

Press and Machine Tending Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 03/18/2008

Manual press and machine tending applications are among the least desired jobs in industrial labor due to the danger, repetition and nasty environment. When manufacturers manage to find people willing to perform these jobs, retaining them is another major challenge. Robotics have proven to be an ideal means for

The European Robotics Market and How the Germans Lead

by Gordon Feller, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 03/04/2008

 As the EU economies continue to expand, Germany, the largest of the 26 EU economies, offers profitable market opportunities for producers of innovative automation technology and peripheral equipment. The German automation sector is highly international with exports amounting to 80%, and imports at 67%. Germany produces 14% of the

The Year Ahead in Robot Safety

by Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development, Robotic Industries Association

POSTED: 02/04/2008

We are only a few weeks into the New Year, and I hope one of your resolutions is to work safe.  Your association is busy with our continuing efforts to support this resolution, including the upcoming 2008

Robots Rally CNC Operations Against Offshore Competition

by Jack Browne, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 12/17/2007

Robots have traditionally served CNC applications and systems by loading and unloading tools and work materials. While this is still an important part of the robotic CNC relationship, robotic systems are increasingly substituting for larger and costlier fixed-bed CNC platforms for certain applications.  Robots have aided larger computer-numerically

Robots Sort Blood Specimens: Help American Red Cross Improve Productivity and Traceability . . . A Robot Case Study

by Mary Kay Morel, Staff Writer/Editor

POSTED: 12/03/2007

  In addition to being an international humanitarian organization, the American Red Cross is the biggest single blood collecting agency in the United States.  Operating as a non-profit organization, the Red Cross supplies blood and blood products to approximately 3,000 hospitals daily.  They now use advanced robotic automation linked directly

Construction Robots and Constructing a Robotics Community

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 10/11/2007

Automobiles and consumer goods are among the many products we see every day that traditionally have been manufactured with the help of robotics. The use of robots in the construction and building industry is still not commonplace, but it is increasing slowly but surely. From welding steel I-beams for

The Complete Safety Story and Other “How To”s

by Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development

POSTED: 09/20/2007

The National Robot Safety Conference, our nineteenth annual gathering taking place in Indianapolis, Indiana, is only a week away.  I am looking forward to getting it started on Monday morning, October 1st.  This will be a great way to start a week

News About Changes in Robot Standards

by Jeff Fryman, Director, Standards Development

POSTED: 09/07/2007

New Standard Addresses Wireless Pendants; Safety Rated Axix Limiting; Multiple Arms and more. As we look forward to our next National Robot Safety Conference (XIX) we can share highlights of what is new, and therefore provide information to help you decide whether to

All Together Now: Networked Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 08/08/2007

Robot networking, where multiple robots operate together in coordination with controllers, computers, and humans while working toward a common production goal, is a means to ensure efficiency and safety within a work cell. Ethernet connections usually link networked robots together. While networking robots have its benefits, care must be

Robotics in Composite Applications

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 07/05/2007

  Composites and robotics are practically made for each other. Because composites have such a wide variation among them from part to part, flexible industrial robotics is well matched for applying composites in the aerospace sector and for general industry. Using robotics for applying composites is an idea whose

Chemical and Hazardous Material Handling Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 01/18/2007

Among the many justifications for using robotics, the most important is to shield people from working in dangerous environments and from handling hazardous materials. From dealing with chemicals that are explosive to handling radioactive substances, robots are routinely used to perform tasks that would kill or maim people.  Robots are

Robotics Industry Strives to Diversify in 2007

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor (with contributions from RIA staff)

POSTED: 01/03/2007

Despite a slowdown in the automotive sector, the robotics industry as a whole is still relatively healthy. That is the consensus of executives in the robotics industry.  'My feeling is that 2007 will be an okay year for the robotics industry. I do not see 2007 competing

Trends and Motivations for Robot Purchases

by Trevor Jones, President

POSTED: 11/06/2006

An ongoing trend in the life sciences sector is adoption of robots for research and development, and when I think about why robots matter, it’s just obvious to me they are critical to the drug discovery process. That’s a reflection of

Deployment of Robots Within Insert Molding Workcells Results in Dramatic Improvements

POSTED: 12/15/2003

Every year products are being made smaller and smaller and tolerances become tighter and tighter. And when you add the need to meet strict safety-code requirements, it becomes a formula for finding new ways to


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